by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Water is taught by thirst
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
Water is taught by thirst;
Land, by the ocean passed;
Transport, by throe;
Peace, by its battles told;
Love, by memorial mould;
Birds, by the snow.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 26

L'Eau est apprise par la soif
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
L'Eau est apprise par la soif.
La Terre -- par les Océans traversés.
Les Délices, par les affres --
La Paix, par ses batailles racontées --
L'Amour, par le moule commémoratif --
Les Oiseaux, par la neige.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-15
Line count: 6
Word count: 33